Les Chenaux Regional County Municipality

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Les Chenaux
Regional county municipality
Location of Les Chenaux
Coordinates: 46°30′N 72°25′W / 46.500°N 72.417°W / 46.500; -72.417Coordinates: 46°30′N 72°25′W / 46.500°N 72.417°W / 46.500; -72.417[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Mauricie
Effective January 1, 2002
County seat Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes
 • Type Prefecture
 • Prefect Gérard Bruneau
 • Total 934.40 km2 (360.77 sq mi)
 • Land 872.04 km2 (336.70 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3][4]
 • Total 17,865
 • Density 20.5/km2 (53/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 5.2%
 • Dwellings 8,393
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 819, 418 or 581
Website www.mrcdeschenaux.ca

Les Chenaux (meaning the channels in French) is a regional county municipality in central Quebec, Canada, in the Mauricie region. The seat is in Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes. It is located adjacent on the east of Trois-Rivières on the Saint Lawrence River. It has a land area of 872.04 square kilometres (336.70 sq mi) and a population of 17,865 inhabitants in the Canada 2011 Census.[4] Its largest community is the parish of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel.

Les Chenaux is one of the few regional county municipalities in Quebec that does not constitute its own census division; instead, it is grouped with Trois-Rivières as the single census division of Francheville.


The "Les Chenaux" RCM is an area east of Trois-Rivières, located between the villages of Champlain and Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade on north shore of St. Lawrence River. The MRC is approximately 40 km in length to about 20 kilometers in depth. The territory is crossed by three rivers flowing from north to south: Champlain River, Batiscan River and Sainte-Anne River.


The RCM was created in 2002, when the area was realigned to make way for the amalgamations of nearby Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan. All of the municipalities, except for Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel (which came from Centre-de-la-Mauricie RCM), used to belong to the former Francheville Regional County Municipality. This RCM was dissolved when six of its municipalities amalgamated with the city of Trois-Rivières, and Saint-Étienne-des-Grès was added to the Maskinongé RCM. The remaining municipalities were grouped into a new regional county called Les Chenaux.


There are 10 subdivisions within the RCM:[2]


Municipalities of "Les Chenaux" RCM
Municipality Statut Area Population
Batiscan Municipality 44,02 km² 937 hab. 21,3 hab./km²
Champlain Municipality 58,59 km² 1 583 hab. 27,0 hab./km²
Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel Municipality of parish 126,61 km² 5 300 hab. 41,9 hab./km²
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade Municipality 107,94 km² 2 145 hab. 19,9 hab./km²
Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan Municipality of parish 97,09 km² 1 125 hab. 11,6 hab./km²
Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes Municipality 52,73 km² 613 hab. 11,6 hab./km²
Saint-Maurice Municipality of parish 90,33 km² 2 308 hab. 25,6 hab./km²
Saint-Narcisse Municipality of parish 103,49 km² 1 852 hab. 17,9 hab./km²
Saint-Prosper Municipality 92.03 km² 555 hab. 6.0 hab./km²
Saint-Stanislas Municipality 86,37 km² 1 077 hab. 12,5 hab./km²
Total 859,20 km² 17 495 hab. 20,4 hab./km²


Access routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the county border:[5]

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